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Microsoft has made an art out of reversing course on everything people thought the Xbox One was going to do (largely for smart reasons), but up till today, the company has been firm on two points. You will be buying a Kinect at launch, though you could turn off its voice-activation feature, and it would be required for any gaming or console... Read more...
The Xbox One is coming, and amid the many, many details we know about it already, one thing we haven’t seen is what’s actually inside the box when you buy one at retail. Microsoft’s Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) remedied that by unboxing the retail bundle on camera. The Kinect sensor is first out of the box, followed by a headset,... Read more...
It’s not news that gamers can get a little intense, and often that intensity spills over into forums and game communities. Xbox Live is no exception, of course, and to help moderate the community, Microsoft is engaging other users in a new beta program called Xbox Enforcement United. The program... Read more...
Make no mistake: the world is 3D printing has become an incredibly interesting one, and one that's growing at breakneck pace. What was once a hobby for high-end science labs has quickly become a favorite amongst average consumers, and now, companies far and wide. Ford has just published a video showing an engineer... Read more...
You've got to hand it to Microsoft -- the company is willing to find novel ways of promoting its products. The company is now offering anyone who buys a year of Office 365 ($99.95 annual rate) a free year of Xbox Live Gold. That's worth $60 a year -- a not-inconsiderable value relative to the cost of Office itself... Read more...
According to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft is now one of just a handful of companies with a seven-digit server deployment. Speaking at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference, Ballmer claimed that Microsoft had entered rare territory and used the number as an example of how few companies really understood how to run a... Read more...
Long before Microsoft announced its Xbox One and Sony, its PlayStation 4, many speculated as to whether or not this upcoming generation of consoles would be the last. That proposed fate had a lot to do with the fact that it's not as profitable a business as console vendors would like it to be, especially when the... Read more...
When Microsoft announced that it was canceling the much-hated always-on Xbox One requirements, a collective cheer went up from the Internet -- and also, a collective grumble. A number of players were ready to get rid of physical discs altogether, looked forward to the Family Share features that Microsoft had promised... Read more...
When Microsoft reversed its Xbox One policies a few weeks back, there was momentary hope that the company has listened to its customers and understood the features they were asking for. Granted, this was brief -- the company promptly dashed such ideas by throwing out all the Xbox One's good ideas alongside the 24 hour... Read more...
Not interested in ponying up for an Xbox One? Looking to spruce your Xbox 360 up? Microsoft has just the hardware for you. The company announced this week the introduction of the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Gold Wireless Controller. Aside from the outrageous new color, the functions remain the same. It'll pack a pretty pricey $54.99... Read more...
When looking at the makeup of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, it's essentially a PC platform in console skins. Sony's quite proud of the hardware underneath the PS4's hood, which includes a custom AMD Jaguar 8-core x86 processor, 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory, 500GB hard disk drive (HDD), and a GPU that's... Read more...
Microsoft has made no bones about the importance of music within both Windows Phone and Windows 8, and this week's update proves as much. The latest update to the Music app for Windows 8 brings an in-app search button at the top right that allows you to search directly within the app for music on your PC, or in the... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One in May, the user community has raised holy hell about the 24-hour mandatory online check in, the loss of used game sales, and the onerous online requirements that prohibited game or console imports into countries where the Xbox One service hasn't officially launched... Read more...
At last week's E3, Microsoft COO Peter Moore claimed that Xbox One games being shown-off at the show were running on real development kits - however, thanks to a Windows PC crash, that was later found to be untrue. Yes, "Windows PC". When handed an Xbox One gamepad to play some game, the last thing you're likely... Read more...
Best Buy has not had the rosiest of times in recent memory. Sales are lagging, profits are slumping, and one has to wonder if brick-and-mortar electronics stores really have a future in a world ruled by things like NewEgg and Amazon. So, what's a company to do? Pair up with someone else. Microsoft has this week... Read more...
What's a console maker to do once they introduce their next-gen console? Redesign the outgoing one! It's becoming something of a trend, actually. Sony's PlayStation 3 has been tweaked two or three times, while the Wii Mini hit as the Wii U was taking the spotlight. Now, with the Xbox One making its grand debut... Read more...
The (brief) wait is over: for those wondering just how pricey Microsoft's Xbox One console would be, the company revealed the nitty-gritty details today at E3. Every Xbox One system sold will include the new Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive,1 Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — the new Kinect, one Xbox One Wireless... Read more...
Major questions have been asked about how the Xbone handles user privacy, game authentication, used games, and online check-ins -- questions that you'd think Microsoft would answer directly. Instead, the company has opted to release a new website online, rather than put any particular individual front and center to... Read more...
Microsoft might have one of the most talked-about products at the moment with the Xbox One, but would you believe it doesn't own the rights to the most obvious domain name to accompany it? Domain squatting is a real issue for companies about to launch a new product. If they register a domain before the official... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox One is set to ship at some point this year, and we all know what that means: accessories and peripherals galore. Turtle Beach, a known name in the audio sector, has confirmed that it'll be amongst the first third-party companies to reveal accessories to suit the next-gen console. The Ear Force X12 is already the best-selling... Read more...
Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console (and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink entertainment hub) has been partially revealed, and some of the burning questions around it haven’t fully been answered yet, but one that many have wondered about has been settled: You do not need an always-on Internet connection... Read more...
In a world in which its corporate communication team wasn't apparently being run by two monkeys and a sack of hammers, Microsoft executives would've taken the stage yesterday and delivered a concise, official explanation as to whether or not used games will run on the console. In point of fact, everyone thought they... Read more...
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